5 lessons softplay can teach us about life…


Spending an afternoon in a hot, sweaty and expensive softplay with my children this weekend made me contemplate a few things (and not just how dirty the bottom of their socks were afterwards). In fact, it made me think that in many ways softplay  mirrors many of life’s great lessons… Continue reading


10 signs you haven’t achieved a work / life balance

6a00e54eee09528834019b013f2d0a970b-500wiThis weekend I attended the marvellous Blogfest, organised by Mumsnet, and indulged myself in all things blogging (for a whole day, with food, caffeine, David Baddiel and wine). Aside from sitting on my favourite Mexican beach, it doesn’t get better than this (sorry husband, children,  clients etc) – did I mention David Baddiel? Continue reading


11 resolutions for next term at primary school


Note: blue smiling lady has been drawn by another child. Crying floating heads by daughter

As we near the end of the school year, and the first ever term at primary school, I have realised that starting school is tough. There are so any rules to follow, new things to learn, and pressure to appear more grown up. I’m not talking about my five year old, I’m talking about myself! Continue reading


Dear snooty table of disapproving people

pppeI was with the group of 8 five year olds celebrating their birthdays. You know the ones, they were all excited and unable to control themselves. You were the sour faced foursome who arrived half way through their party.

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Starting school: from mother to daughter

b0b1caf9f37e0210716deba454c310b3So my 4 year old starts school in three weeks time. It’s a momentous occasion; a nerve-wracking experience encountering new friends, new rules, new routines and new teachers – and that’s just from my perspective.  From hers it’s simply a case of getting some new shoes and book bag. Continue reading


Small talk: conversations in the car

A family with four children smiles while taking a rural automobile trip in a convertible, 1960s. (Photo by Lambert/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lambert/Getty Images)

For my small brood, the car is the place where the fat gets chewed, the day dissected, the mysteries of the universe solved – it’s the place where deep, philosophical discussions take place. As deep as a discussion between a 4 year and a 39 year old (with a 2 year old repeating every other word) can get. I’ve been noting these conversations for the past fews weeks,  with examples from friends, and now have a definitive list of just some of these highly-charged, intellectual debates. Continue reading